Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes
The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. More »
Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road
The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.
Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Joshua Tree Accepting 2013 Research Grant Applications
Release Date: April 1, 2013
The application period for a 2013 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant is now open. The application deadline is May 2, 2013; awards will be announced by June 7, 2013. Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park.
Through the generosity of the Lee Family Foundation, Joshua Tree National Park and the Joshua Tree National Park Association have been able to support field research projects in the park since 2003. More than 25 independent research projects have been conducted adding significantly to the knowledge of the park and its natural and cultural resources.
The purpose of the Robert Lee Research Grant program is to support graduate students at accredited institutions in conducting independent research at Joshua Tree National Park. The program provides students an opportunity to demonstrate how their research can apply to land management issues and educate park visitors as well as increasing knowledge and understanding of Joshua Tree National Park's natural and cultural resources. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will assist students with field study expenses, including data analysis, lodging, transportation, field supplies, and research equipment.
Grant recipients are required to 1) submit six-month progress reports to the Park; 2) submit a final report that provides details of the study methods and conclusions to the Park; 3) present their work at a suitable public forum, ideally in a locally available setting such as the Joshua Tree National Park Association's Desert Institute Lecture Series; and 4) provide suitable content for resource education materials, e.g. the NPS website. Recipients must complete all of the requirements of the grant within two years of the award.
Information about the 2013 Robert Lee Graduate Student Grant program and a downloadable application can be found here. Inquiries about the program should be directed to Josh Hoines at 760-367-5564, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...